Below is a terse summary of where we stand ethically with regards to coverage on this website.
We have not (and will not) accept payment (in any form, from physical goods to money) in return for an article or link on our website, or a mention, like or share on social media.
We have not (and will not) accept free trips, travel or paid for accommodation from companies that we write about, especially if access to news is made contingent on said offers, as this could be seen as compromising our integrity. If access to news relies on affording a company or project preferential treatment editorially, we will skip it.
We have not (and will not) publish press releases whole, as a news article. We also will not agree to cover a news item/topic/interview that is subject to a specific set of “guidelines” or any third-party rules about how we can present the news on our website.
Some news content published on this site may be subject to a timed embargo, the elapse of which we (and other publishers) agree to publish content. This is standard industry practice.
Some news content published on this site may be subject to a non-disclosure agreement. This is incredibly rare, and typically concerns commercially sensitive news.
Where we receive review samples (e.g, a laptop, steam code, pre-release access) it is disclosed in the article relating to it. We never accept a review sample in return for writing a “good review” or anything else. Around 99% of review units are returned.
If there is a conflict of interest, be it professional or personal, between article topic and author it is disclosed in the article copy.
We do not back crowd-funding projects that we write about so as to keep boundaries distinct.
We do not use affiliate links, codes or similar ‘reward’ systems any more. We did, in the past, benefit from Dropbox & UbuntuOne’s ‘get 2GB of free storage space by referring new users‘.
If there’s anything you feel we’ve missed or need to clarify, give us a poke on twitter @omgubuntu or via the contact form at the top of the page.